One in every three bites of food we eat depends on a crop pollinated by honey bees, and about 90% of all flowering plants require pollinators to reproduce. Bees are an indicator species, meaning that their vibrancy on earth reflects environmental conditions and aids in gauging the health of ecosystems.
Maintaining healthy populations of pollinators is essential for the future of the world’s agricultural markets and for ensuring diversity in our global food supply. Yet, in recent years, honey bee colonies have been collapsing at record high numbers, and other pollinator populations are in concerning decline as well.
And check out our guide to Native and Pollinator Friendly Plants to Choose for Hawaii
Due to the severity of the impacts on pollinators and other animals form pesticides the Hawaii Center for Foody Safety is introducing a bill in 2016 that will follow the steps set forth by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to eliminate the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on the statewide Natural Area Reserves System to protect Hawaii’s honeybees, native bees, other pollinators, insects, birds and animals as well as defend Hawaii’s agricultural economy and natural ecosystems.
We Want To Hear From You!
Hawaii Center for Food Safety is launching a pollinator health initiative this year! To get started, we are collecting evidence from community members about Hawaii’s pollinators, their habitats, and health. If you have any observations or personal stories to share, please fill out the short survey and to help us crowdsource info about Hawaii pollinators.
Join the Hawaii Pollinators Network!
As we develop and launch a local campaign to help Hawai‘i pollinators we need passionate farmers, gardeners, beekeepers, educators, and advocates to join the conversation. Together we can educate, inspire, and help pollinators thrive.
We are a network of beekeepers, teachers, scientists, students and pollinator enthusiasts concerned about pollinator health across the Hawaiian Islands. Join us to stay up to date on research, policy, and community efforts to protect pollinators. It's free to join and your personal information will not be disclosed.